Carson-Dellsoa has recently launched a product called Learning Spot™ Lessons providing content for teachers to use on their interactive whiteboards. The units cover grades K – 5 with topics range from language arts to math and, science. Each Common Core-based unit includes lesson plans, extension activities, state correlations and more. .
The units I looked at were currently matched to the US and Canadian standards and I understand that they will also be matched to the UK curriculum eventually too.
The way it works is that you download and install the Learning Spot player, and then purchase and download content modules. You may install the Learning Spot Library and access your content on up to five different devices at a time. So I could install it on a home machine for planning, and then a laptop. Or you could install it on up to 5 class computers. It was very easy to sync so that content purchased on one machine will transfer to others on the same account. Units are priced at $14.99
Each unit comes with Teachers Notes, Interactive lessons, Student Activities and Practice Pages.
Teachers Notes – this section includes lesson plans for using the interactive lessons, ideas for supporting the skills covered in each lesson, extension activities beyond the IWB and differentiation ideas.
Interactive lessons are designed for whole-class instruction using the IWB. Most include audio and animations. The player contains built-in annotation tools such as a pen and eraser, which might be useful if you don’t have IWB software such as ActivInspire or Smart Notebook installed.
Student Activities are designed for students to complete independently on computers. They provide a chance to practice the skills taught during the interactive lessons. These can be customised by the teacher who can choose from several levels of difficulty and also the audio language (English, Spanish or French)
Practice Pages are printable pages that coordinate with each lesson in the unit. These can be used for additional classwork or set for homework.
I liked the science units that I looked at. The interactive lessons were clear with good images. Some, such as the electricity unit, could have benefitted from a little more animation, but overall teachers would find them very useful. The teachers notes were comprehensive and provided some good ideas for using the materials as well as extending the activities beyond the whiteboard with guides for class practical work.
Primary / Elementary teachers should definitely check it out. If you want to take a look then click here to download the player, and get a free Learning Spot unit.
Whiteboard Blog – Free Unit Giveaway!!
Learning Spot have very kindly given me 5 free interactive units to offer to readers of this blog. To win simply add a comment to this blogpost telling me the full name of the unit you would like, from the list of units on the Carson Dellosa catalog here. I’ll then pick 5 commenters at random and then Learning Spot will send you a redemption code to download your chosen unit.
Closing date is Midnight GMT Friday 8th June. Please make sure you put an email address when you leave your comment so I can contact you! Usual terms and conditions apply. One entry per person etc.